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that is nearly a third of the country. this as the dow dropped almost 1500 points, meaning the stock market is in bear territory for the first time in a decade. also, more schools nationwide are sending students home. and later tonight, in prime time, president trump will address the coronavirus crisis from the oval office. there is a lot to cover, and we're going to start tonight with meg oliver in new rochelle, new york. meg. >> reporter: norah, as residents here in the containment area of new rochelle wait for the national guard to move in, more dire warnings from the nation's top doctor. >> we need to do a lot more. >> reporter: a sobering warning from dr. anthony fauci of the n.i.h. today. he said the coronavirus outbreak is only going to get worse. >> the flu has a mortality of 0.1%. this has a mortality of 10 times that, and that's the reason why i want to emphasize we have to stay ahead of gapreventis.
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>> reporter: this, as institutions nationwide took unprecedented steps. more than 200 colleges and universities are canceling in- person classes. the n.c.a.a. announced its basketball tournament will be played without fans. and the biggest st. patrick's day parade in the u.s. was canceled, which attracts an estimated two million people. >> our testing capacity is nowhere near what it needs to be. >> reporter: in the face of a serious outbreak in suburban new york, governor andrew cuomo said his state is expediting coronavirus testing and will and will begin coocting private labs. >> why would you risk bringing thousands of people together, knowing that this is a virus that easily communicate? >> reporter: are you nervous about the coronavirus shutting schools down? >> we are very nervous about them shutting the schools down. we both work. we both have jobs that we're not going to be able to stay at home.
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>> reporter: working from home is not an option for john and kate emets in new jersey. the o.r. nurse just returned from maternity leave and has zero vacation days. >> i think for parents it's a huge burden financially. >> reporter: the national guard will arrive here tomorrow. they will help sanitize and distribute food. people can still come and go freely, but large gatherings are banned. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, meg, thank you. and across the country, in hard- hit washington state, the governor is announcing dramatic measures to try and slow the outbreak, saying he wants to get ahead of the curve and "look at what is coming, not just what's here today." jonathan vigliotti is in seattle tonight. >> this is an extremely dangerous event that we are facing. >> reporter: governor jay inslee took dramatic steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus, banning gatherings of more than 250 people in three of the state's most-populous counties. >> and the decisions we probably will be making in the upcoming days are going to be profoundly disturbing to a lot of the ways
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we live our lives today. >> reporter: the ban, which goes through the end of march, would primarily cover professional sporting events and religious gatherings. all told, four million people are being asked to limit their risk of exposure. seattle just closed its schools, the first major city to do so. at least 30 people have died in washington state from covid-19, with more than 260 confirmed cases, and they estimate 60,000 others in washington state may not even know they have the disease. >> there is no magic silver bullet at the moment medically, but there is a very successful effort that we can take to slow the spread of this disease. >> reporter: washington state isn't the only place banning large groups. washington, d.c. health officials recommend any nonesential gatherings of more than 1,000 people be postponed or canceled and same-sized gatherings are banned in san francisco for the next two weeks so the golden state warriors will be playing without fans. >> it's a sobering moment to--
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to enter into this kind of unknown. >> reporter: this is what downtown seattle looks like during rush hour. the national guard is also being brought in here to help with medical distribution. the governor warned that this ban could stretch through april. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, jonathan, thank you. and tonight, we here at cbs news also find ourselves in the headlines. two of our network's new york- based employees have been diagnosed with coronavirus. they have our full support, and those who worked closely with them have been asked to self- quarantine, and our new york city broadcast center is closed tonight in order for it to be cleaned. none of that, however, will change our commitment to report the news to you each night from here in washington. and that includes the prime-time address to the nation tonight by the president. mr. trump has spoken publicly about the coronavirus almost daily, but this would mark the first time in such a formal
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setting from the oval office. and it underscores the gravity of today's developments. weijia jiang reports tonight from the white house. >> reporter: tonight, damage control at the white house. top health officials were summoned to a last-minute meeting with president trump as he prepared to address the nation and reassure the public the government has a handle on the coronavirus. this, as the market crashed once again over fears of the virus, closing down nearly 1500 points. >> now we're hitting a patch, and we're going to have to do something. >> reporter: the nation's top expert on infectious diseases issued his starkest warning yet: >> if we are complacent and don't do really aggressive containment and mitigation the number could go way up and be involved in many, many millions. >> reporter: concerned members of congress said theyhepresi egr >> this administration was not
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prepared for this crisis, and it put lives at risk, american lives. >> the trump administration's testing for the coronavirus has been severely inadequate. >> reporter: fauci was asked how the administration plans on controlling the outbreak. >> how much worse we'll get will depend on our ability to do two things: to contain the influx of people who are infected coming from the outside, and the ability to contain and mitigate within our own country. >> reporter: cbs news has learned that the administration is considering issuing new travel restrictions for americans going to and from europe. president trump says he will address possible changes and whether he will declare a national emergency when he talks tonight. norah. >> o'donnell: and weijia, what else can we expect from the president's speech tonight? >> reporter: well, the president says this is a time for unity and strength as the entire world fights against the common enemy of coronavirus. and he insists that nothing
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matters more to him than the safety and health of americans. but, of course, critics say those are just words. so he's going to have to really lay out a plan for how he plans to contain this, and he says he does have one when it comes to both public health and the economy. >> o'donnell: all right, weijia, thank you. weijia mentioned those travel restrictions. well, the hardest hit country in europe is italy is where today the death toll jumped to more than 800. and now there are more than 12,000 cases. the lockdown in that country now includes all retail stores and bars and restaurants, except for grocery stores and pharmacies. seth doane reports tonight from rome. >> reporter: with the number of cases outside china increasing 13-fold, and the number of countries tripling, the head of the world health organization said spread, severity, and inaction led to that sobering calculation. >> we have formed the assessment that covid-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.
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>> reporter: a pandemic. its reach is clear-- from china at the epicenter, the number of cases across the world has exploded to more than 122,000 across 115 countries. the global fight is so far not sufficient, whether disinfecting public busses in spain, drive- through swab testing in belgium, or encouraging the wearing of masks in iran. after china, italy has the highest number of cases, more than 12,000. the quiet squares and canals across the country belie the scramble to stop this virus. there is a glimmer of hope where this started, in wuhan. they're dismantling those specially built hospitals, and the number of new cases is going down. tonight, italy is announcing a real lockdown. only basic public services will remain in operation, including transportation, also grocery stores and pharmacies will be open, but, norah, a big hit for a fragile economy. >> o'donnell: all right, seth,
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thank you. and we want to bring in dr. tom inglesby, he's the director of johns hopkins center. center for health security. you might have seen him on "60 minutes" on sunday. doctor inglesby, thank you so much for joining us. today, the w.h.o. declaring coronavirus a pandemic, and then we heard dr. fauci of the n.i.h. say this is 10 times deadlier than the seasonal flu. that's pretty serious message, doctor. >> yeah, it is a serious message. both the pandemic announcement is serious. i think mostly for countries in the world that haven't had cases yet, to kind of make sure that they're clear that this epidemic will affect them. but dr. fauci's-- his discussion about the seriousness of this virus, as compared to seasonal flu i think he's absolutely right. this is a very serious illness, and i think the country needs to be ready to react to it appropriately. >> o'donnell: when you talk about getting ready, one of the most important messages is trying to slow the spread, right, of this.
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and that's what this "flattening the curve"-- that phrase was trending on social media today. explain what that means and what's the goal? >> well people say "flattening the curve" what they're trying to say is taking action that will slow down the spread of the disease, and lower the peak number of sick people appearing in a city at any one time. so, flattening the curve could include actions like dramatcally expanding diagnosis, so we can diagnose and isolate people. we want to be able to trace the contacts of cases that we find. we want to start thinking about canceling large gatherings where people congregate, possibly recommending telecommunicating more broadly around the country. and then maybe even changes to schools, possibly closing schools in parts of the country where we're having a lot of disease. >> o'donnell: and, doctor, how long do you expect people will need to practice this so-called social distancing? >> i don't think we can say for sure.
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i think china has been practicing these measures for something on the order of six or seven weeks. and they've seen a pretty dramatic downturn in cases, which gives a lot of people hope. we also have seen other countries in asia. we've seen japan, south korea. we have also seen taiwan, hong kong, singapore, taking these same kind of measures. and they've had a really valuable impact in those countries. >> o'donnell: and there's clearly panic here in the u.s. how do you calm the nerves of americans? >> i think we just need to explain what we're doing, and we need to look to other places where countries have been getting better control of this virus. we need to tell everybody what their role is and what they can do to try to protect themselves and their families, simple measures, and to know that if we're all taking measures together, collectively, we can change the direction of this outbreak. >> o'donnell: and that
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is the optimistic message here, that we can take efforts to try and change this. thank you so much, doctor, we appreciate it. and tonight, the secret service is warning americans that scammers are using the outbreak and people's fears to steal their money and personal information. federal authorities gave cbs news exclusive access inside their investigation's operations center, and catherine herridge has our report. >> reporter: cyber criminals are taking advantage of a weary public. >> this scam started with a simple google search for medical masks. >> reporter: websites like this one ensnare victims by offering hard-to-get medical supplies for outrageous prices. >> you can see here that they-- the total cost of masks was $5,000-- >> reporter: $5,000. >> $5,000. and they were requesting payment up front. >> reporter: cbs news got exclusive access to this global operations center where the secret service is tracking the spike in coronavirus cyber crime. >> any time there's a heightened element of fear, such as with the coronavirus, criminals are
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going to exploit that. >> reporter: earlier this week, the u.s. government singled out seven companies selling fraudulent coronavirus products. >> silver solution would be effective. >> reporter: disgraced televangelist jim bakker is now being sued by missouri's attorney general for pitching a coronavirus treatment. hackers are also mimicking legitimate governor agencys. this e-mail, claiming to be from the world health organization. promises safety tips. agents are urging the public to be on alert for misspellings, bad grammar, and not to open attachments if you don't know the sender. >> as the fear of the >> as the fear of the virus increases, expect to see additional emails in your in box with bad intentions. >> reporter: with more americans working from home in the weeks ahead, the secret service says the risk will only increase. separately, cbs news reached out to jim bakker for comment and there was no immediate response, norah. >> o'donnell: are these scams from all over the world? >> reporter: they are. and what the secret service told us today is the scammers follow
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>> o'donnell: tonight, harvey weinstein is back in the hospital after experiencing chest pains while in jail at new york's rikers island. the disgraced movie mogul, who is 67, received a harsh sentence today-- 23 years-- close to the maximum. nikki battiste now with reaction from weinstein's victims. >> reporter: harvey weinstein sat in a wheelchair as he listened to the emotional testimony of two women he was
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mariam haley addressed the court first, reliving the experience of going to weinstein's apartment to discuss a job opportunity saying: former actress jessica mann, her hands shaking, said: weinstein told the court: but his claim of remorse failed to move judge james burke. cbs news legal analyst rikki klieman: >> 23 years is a life sentence for harvey weinstein, or anyone his age. >> reporter: weinstein attorney donna rotunno: >> i'm not here to say, "poor harvey." but what i am here to say is we were looking for fairness, and we didn't get it. >> reporter: harvey weinstein's lawyers say they will appeal here in new york, but he will go
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through a second trial in los angeles, where he faces multiple sexual assault charges and up to an additional 28 years in prison. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, nikki, thank you. tonight, bernie sanders is vowing to stay in the presidential campaign, despite losing primaries to joe biden in michigan, missouri, mississippi, and idaho last night. sanders now trails biden in the race for delegates by about 150, but says he's looking forward to meeting biden sunday in their first one-on-one debate. and today, the supreme court allowed the trump administration to continue sending latin american asylum seekers to the southern border, to mexico, overturning an order by a lower court that ruled the policy was illegal. the controversial "remain in mexico" program is a cornerstone of the administration's efforts to restrict access to the asylum system for migrants coming into the u.s. up next, after those devastating tornadoes, an act of generosity
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>> o'donnell: and on tomorrow's "cbs evening news", we will have the latest on the coronavirus outbreak as we continue to follow this rapidly changing story. and if you can't watch us live, don't forget to set your dvr, so you can watch us later. and that is tonight's "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell in washington. we'll see you tonight here on cbs in prime time for the president's address to the nation. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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♪ ♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." >> i'm mola link ee and we have a lot more to tell but this morning starting with what else? the coronavirus. the governor of washington state announced a ban of gatherings on more than 250 people in the seattle metro area. the city is the epicenter of the contagion on the west coast and health officials expect tens of thousands more cases of the virus once more testing kits arrive. kids for some reason are less susceptible to the coronavirus, but the elderly are particularly vulnerable. nearly a dozen long-term care facilities in seattle have reported cases. jonathan vigliotti is outside the health care in washington.
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>> reporter: of the 32 confirmed deaths, 20 are linked to this nursing home. all of this as now state officials here concerned as well as residents remain on edge. this is how bridget park hill and her sister visit their mother who recently tested positive for coronavirus at the life care center in kirkland. how did you process that? >> it wasn't a shock that she was positive. it should have been a priority to get everybody tested so they could get the negative people out of here before they turn positive. >> reporter: but a shortage of tests meant only the critically ill were prioritized. at least 11 oolong-term care facilities in washington, including the josephine caring community now have infected residents or staff. >> the facility is in lock down, so no visitors, no consultants, and no families. and i can tell you that's incredibly tough. >> reporter: in northern california, officials confirmed
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tuesday that an assisted living resident in their 90s died there. a recent study of coronavirus cases found people over 80 years old, the death rate was nearly 15%. in seattle's king county, 74 more cases were announced tuesday, bringing the statewide total to more than 260. >> if you do the math, it gets very disturbing. >> reporter: governor jay inslee outlined new rules for nursing homes including limiting patients to one visitor per day, and screening employees and volunteers for symptoms at the start of their shift. >> the number of people who were infected in an epidemic like this will double in the state of washington unless we take some, some real action here. >> reporter: and if you have a loved one in a nursing home or facility like this, experts have recommendations. they say call the facility, check on their staffing and cleaning procedures. they are also recommending keeping your distance. call or use ti


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